“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich...strengthen the weak by weakening the strong...bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift...lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down...build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence...help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves." -Abraham Lincoln
Welcome! Today I have three new members of the Old Farmhouse Gathering Team. So please take a minute to visit their shops, and give them a big welcome. The first shop is Log Cabin Memories, where you will find Mary Jane hand painted items. She paints with oils and acrylics on items she finds. Check out the chalkboard with sunflowers and ribbons. Then stop by and visit A Touch of Sunshine. Tammy cuts wood using her own patterns, and paints them up. Love the Fall wood letters. The last shop belongs to Ella from Dolls and Bunnies, and she comes to us from Israel. She makes dolls and bunnies, her work is just wonderful. My favorite is Basil the Country Mouse. These are the kind of mice we need in our home, and not the other kind. All three shops offer different items, and I know you will find your own favorites. So please give them a heart, and keep them in mind for all of your gift giving.
Welcome to Friday and another shop from the Dirt Road Team on Etsy. Please take a few minute to visit the shop of Ginpins. Ginny the shop owner works in clay, ceramic, and felt. She makes salt & pepper shakers, earrings, pin cushions, and bobby pin sets for your hair. Check out the sponge holder, great way to keep your sponge clean in between uses. Remember you can type drat dirtroadteam into the search bar for more shops from this very talented team, offering many one of a kind items.
Stop by Crows Creek blog and enter a chance to win this bunting! This is 7' x 36", and would add a lot of patriotic spirit to your home! Good luck to everyone! Winner will be pick on June 28, so hurry over and enter! Here is the link to enter:
Welcome to what is is Wednesday. Sorry I missed last week, but my military kids where home! We had a great visit, and now I'm trying to get my life caught up. This week I have a Cream Separator. It was used to separate the milk from the cream, using a crank, the milk which is heavier would stay on the sides, while the cream which is lighter would drain out the center. Remember their is light cream and heavy cream also. Some for your coffee and some to be beaten for your pie. Before the separator was invented milk would be aloud to sit for the cream to float to the top. In the summer months the milk would sour. The separator would speed up the processes, so no more sour milk. Today I have turned it into a plant stand. I found this down the road at an estate sale, when Grandma (everyone called my neighbor Grandma) passed away, and her home was sold. I love my separator, and so glad I have found a home for it.
Welcome to Monday market and the first day of summer! It is here, please enjoy it, before the snow finds us again! But before you run off outside, please take a moment to visit these great shops that I have found for you. The first shop is the Rusty thimble, where Brenda makes pin keepers, snowmen, and make do's. The next shop is Adorable Country Classics, where you will find hand painted items, and a shop banner. The last shop is Briar Patch Primitives, filled with primitive dolls. Enjoy something cool to drink while you visit these shops. If it is to hot for you outside, and you are inside, start you gift giving list. Great way to get this done, and be ready for the holidays. Come back next Monday for three more shops to visit. Enjoy your week!
Stop over at the Trying Our Best for their Blue Star Banner Give Away. Don't know what a blue star banner stands for! For each blue star means one family member is in the military. I have two kids in, so I have two blue starts. I leave mine in the window 24/7, because they serve 24/7. Please follow the rules, and have some fun! Here is the link! Good Luck!
Welcome! Please take a minute to visit the shop of Mountain Glass Design. Bridge is a very talented lady, who works in glass, pencil and chalk drawings, needle felt, jewelry, stained glass, and makes crochet dish towels, and afghans. Living in Idaho, she also has some wonderful photos of the wild life that is all around her. You will love your visit in this shop, and this talented artist.
Welcome to Monday and the Old Farmhouse Gathering group. I have three more shops for you to look at today. Please take a minute to visit WVLuckyGirl, where Becky makes stitchery, pillows, hang tags, candles, and dolls. Next shop is Scaredy Cat Primitives, where Carrie makes candles, seasonal items, signs and bottle cap magnets. The last for you to visit today is Signs Of patriotism, you will find great patriotic signs, and military signs. Enjoy your visit to these great shops, and you find more by typing in OFG Team into the search bar on Etsy.
Hello, and welcome back. I have a great shop from the Dirt Road Team for you to visit. Come and meet Robin, a Army Veteran, who with her husband, live in Kodiak, Alaska. This a an island in Alaska, that now lets Robin take some wonderful photograph. You will find photos of eagles, caribou, bear, jellyfish, buffalo, great scenes from around the island, and some very cute soap. Check out the crab and bear paw soap. You can purchase a print or have them made into a coaster. After you have visited her shop you will feel like you have just visited Alaska. Then check out the rest of the team by typing in "drat dirtroadteam" into the search bar, for more wonderful shops, many filled with one of kind items. Come back next Friday and visit another shop from the team.
Welcome to another What is it Wednesday! Yes it is a wedding dress. June is the month for weddings, and this wedding dress was my mothers. My mother and dad new each other growing up. My dad was with his friends and my mother with hers. When World War II started, my dad joined the Army Air Core (now the Air Force), and was home on leave, when they met once again. This time they started writing each other, became engaged in a letter, ring mailed home in another letter. Then my dad was sent to England, with more letter writing. Both families getting together for Sunday and Holiday dinners. My dad like so many mailed my mom his parachute. All parachute where made from silk, and many a war bride wore a dress from a parachute. My grandfather (my mothers dad), was a tailor, and made the dress for her to wear. With food being ration, and wanting to have a wedding, most of their families and friends donated their ration stamps for the wedding. This was their wedding gift. A day to be shared with many, and everyone doing their part to make sure everyone had something to eat. After they said "I DO", there was a breakfast for everyone who was at the church, afternoon of picture taking, and a big wedding dinner. Both mothers (of the happy couple) and their friends did all the cooking with food from the ration stamps, chickens bought live from a farmer. They where married six four years when my mother passed away, and my dad shortly after. Simple time for a long marriage.
YEA Blogger is back up and running! I have two artist for you to check out, and they both have two shops. The first shop is Fox Glove Folk Art, where Judy paints on many items. Check out her hand painted wine and beer glass. Then pop over to her other shop Juds Trash N Treasures, filled with many vintage items. The next artist does digital collage sheets, and charms at DKMRamays, and then some are in the pendents at Ramay's Hand I Works, plus you will find wire wrapped earrings. Both artist make wonderful items and your visit to all four shops will not disappoint you! Remember you can type OFG Team into the search bar for more artist.
Welcome friends! Today please visit Connie from Life Shades. She does pencil drawings of wild life, kids, kids at war, and veterans. My favorite is a lady hugging a solider. To me it is a mother giving her son a big hug and welcome home. Something very dear to my heart. Her work comes in a 8 x 10 or 5 x 7 size, plus some note cards. These are prints of her original work. When you are done visiting her shop, please type in drat dirtroadteam into the search bar on Etsy to find more very talented artist, all coming from small towns, and many living on a dirt road.
Welcome to another what is it. Today I have your basic water trough. But this one has a story behind it. Back in 1889 family A rent land to family B. Family B could build a house, farm the land for 100 years, it was agreed that when the 100 years where up family B could buy the land and have it for them self. In 1889 no one had money to buy land, so a lot of farmers rented the land, hoping someday they would be the new owners of said land. Forward to 1989, and both family knowing that the 100 year lease was up, and family B could now buy the land, but the head of the family was in a nursing home. A unkind neighbor who we will call C, with his crocked lawyer, when to the nursing home, and told the lady that the 100 year lease was up. Using the name from family B got her to sign the papers selling the land to him. By the time both families found out what happen, it was to late, the title was now in the hand of neighbor C. Sadly this could not be undone and both families working together tried very hard. When family B had to move and had an auction, I was given this great watering trough. No one wanted it, the bottom was gone. So I have it, painted it up, added an old pump, some dirt and have planted flowers in it for 21 years. Family B is happy that something old, waiting for the junk yard found a home. Family A help family B on the day of the auction, having everyone around showing support for family B. Unkind neighbor C, has planted on his farm, but not much has grow on it! He name is like mud, and family B moved on and are happy. Still hoping that some how they still one day get to buy the family farm. Unkind neighbor is paying the price for being unkind! Have your neighbors lost their homes and farms? Sadly a lot of this is still going on.
Welcome to Monday Market, one day late. I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend. We have some new members, and I would love for you to visit their shops. The first shops belongs to Ashley Joy Photography, Ashley comes from MI (YEA), she has photo from farms, and country settings. The next shops belong to Becky from Prim country, she has pillows, hand painted items, and prim dolls. The last shop is Moon Beam Primitive, where Linda makes beaded flowers, and pin cushions. Then type in OFG Team into the search bar, for great summer creations.
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